Racketeer Round-Up (1934)

Genres - Western  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |  
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Mixing western romance with gangster hi-jinx, this extremely low-budget horse opera featured one of the veterans of the genre, Edmund Cobb, as a ranch foreman falsely accused of being in league with a group of Big City gangsters. The gang-leader kidnaps the rancher's pretty daughter (Edna Aslin), kills the rancher (Ned Norton), a reformed gangster himself, and takes off with $50,000, the loot from a robbery. Cobb manages to clear his good name, chases down the villains and rescues Miss Aslin. The End. Produced by one Fred Thomson, who was not the late silent star, Racketeer Round-Up was almost a family affair with screenwriters Eddie Davis and Ruth Runell also appearing in the supporting cast. After dumping the film on the states rights market in May of 1934, Thomson and film editor Henry Adams went back to the editing room, added some new footage featuring Black King, "The Horse with the Human Brain," and simply re-released the concoction less than a month later under a new title, Gunners and Guns.

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bad-guy, courage, cowboy, good-guy